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Chinese: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Grammars) (Paperback)

Chinese: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Grammars) (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: YIP PO- CHING
Format: paperback
Emphasis: Grammar
List Price: $33.95

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Chinese: An Essential Grammar is a clear and concise reference guide to modern Mandarin grammar. It presents a fresh and accessible description of the language, focusing on the real patterns of use in today's Chinese.

The ideal reference source for the learner and user of Chinese, the grammar is suitable for either independent study or for students in schools. Setting out the complexities of Chinese in short, readable sections, its explanations are clear and free from jargon. The volume also features copious examples to illustrate language points; a detailed contents list and index for easy access to information; and two glossaries: one of grammatical terms and one of Chinese characters.

About the Author
Yip Po Ching is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies and Don Rimmington is Professor of East Asian Studies, both at the University of Leeds.

Product Details
  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0415135354
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 4 reviews.

Customer Reviews

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful:

I feel cheated!, December 3, 2003

Reviewer: CJ (East Asia)

This book is good, BUT having recently purchased it from Amazon for my impending Chinese studies, I was really annoyed to see that a better grammar book by the same author and publisher - A COMPREHENSIVE Grammar is already available. Note the date of my review here and especially the year. As of this time, Amazon states that the Comprehensive Grammar is "Not yet released". If it is not yet released, then how could I have browed through a copy at a book store in Japan only last Saturday? It is also available through Amazon UK with a long wait. Admittedly, I checked the date of publishing in the Comprehensive Grammar and it said "First Published 2004"! I am in a time-warp or something? What is Routledge playing at? The Comrehensive Grammar is considerably more substantial than this work so I recommend that you resist the temptation to buy and put the money towards the Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar - the book that is "not yet published", requires a 4 to 6 week wait if you order through AmazonUK, but is already sitting on a bookshelf in Maruzen in Nagoya just waiting to be snapped up!


3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Strongly recommended, March 10, 2003

Reviewer: B. Caesar "caesartg" (Leeds, UK)

I strongly recommend this book as a main grammar book in the learning of Chinese. This is a watered-down beginner-lower intermediate version of the superlative "Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar" and covers the basics. It's just a pity that it is rather an expensive purchase.

The authors were lecturers at the University of Leeds in the UK but have since retired.


10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:

A little more.., August 21, 2001

Reviewer: BENJAMIN GEORGE (Richmond, TX United States)

So far this is the only decent Mandarin grammar book I have encountered. To add to the above review, this book also has the advantage of having both word-for-word-literal and natural translations, so that you can see the exact structure of the sentence, as well as the more natural meaning. The small "dictionary" at the end of the book is not really intended as a dictionary, but rather as a helpful list of all the words used in the examples, along with their corresponding characters. One of the drawbacks of this book is that there are no chinese characters except in the reference at the end. Maybe in a future addition they could add characters? The main difference between this book and the authors other two books (Basic Chinese and Intermediate Chinese) is that the other two are meant more as workbooks, with grammar lessons followed by exercises. Also, the other two books use chinese characters throughout with parallel pinyin. This book would make a good companion to the other two.. they're all somewhat expensive though! But there are really no other options for easy to understand, though thourough, grammars.


18 of 20 people found the following review helpful:

excellent book: lots of info, clearly explained, March 25, 1999

Reviewer: Jeremy Boulton (boultonj@ugcs.caltech.edu) "boultonj" (Pasadena, California)

I've bought a number of books to try to learn Chinese on my own (well... with some help from friends, too). This is the first one I've made it all the way through. I plan to read it a couple more times so that I can try to learn everything in it. Part of what I like is that it is written clearly but concisely. The book has just about the right number of examples per point - not so many that you get bored, not so few that you are left confused (except for a very small number of places where I would have liked an additional example to clarify some particular detail.) The book is well organized. It flowed smoothly so that I did not often feel the need to jump around between sections. Finally, although the vocabulary list at the end of the book is reasonably lengthy, it never seemed like the vocabulary was introduced at such a rate as to bog down the learning of grammar. I'm not sure if a revised edition has come out since the edition I have was published, but my copy has a few typos and incorrect tone markings which can occasionally provide a moment of puzzlement. However, I did not find these to be a significant problem.


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